An ‘Orb’inary Tale or the Prelude to a Cyborg Apocalypse?
We all have seen this movie a thousand times; it always starts the same way, a great invention biting humanity’s ass.
This time is a world consumed by a lust for the latest in cryptocurrency. Enter Worldcoin, a shiny new Orb on the blockchain, born from the brilliant, or should I say, the bizarre brain of Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI.
Hailed as a global, decentralized currency that’s accessible to all (in exchange for your biometric data), Worldcoin’s meteoric rise has been as bewildering as the plot of a bad sci-fi movie. Now, where’s that popcorn?
The Orb is Watching
But of course, we cannot talk about Worldcoin without mentioning its infamous Orb. An omnipresent, overbearing object that seems to be more in love with your retina than your mother-in-law is with her Facebook feed.
In the post-privacy era, where the fight for personal space is as real as the debt on your credit card, the Orb is popping up everywhere, asking us for proof that we’re human. So, is the Worldcoin Orb our new-age ticket to crypto utopia or a beacon signaling the rise of a Terminator-style dystopia?
We’ve been swallowing the bitter pill of Big Tech’s intrusions for years, haven’t we? How many hours a day do you spend clicking stairs? Giving up our privacy for some pseudo sense of security?
The Worldcoin launch was nothing short of dramatic. In a recent tweet, Sam Altman (@sama), excitedly shared: “Day 3 of @worldcoin launch, crazy lines around the world. one person getting verified every 8 seconds now.” One person every 8 seconds. That’s over 10,000 people per day, and with those figures, you’d think we were giving out free trips to the moon. But no, it’s the lure of the Orb, an omnipresent object more enamored with your retinas than your crazy Aunt Sue is with her Facebook feed.
— Sam Altman (@sama) July 26, 2023
Is that an Orb in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?
The Terminating Times: From Sam Altman to Skynet?
Ironically, or rather fittingly, the man behind the Worldcoin, Sam Altman, heads OpenAI. OpenAI, the outfit dedicated to ensuring that artificial general intelligence (AGI) benefits all of humanity, unless of course, you’re talking about the privacy of humanity. Now isn’t that a conundrum?
Are we living in a prequel to the Terminator saga, where John Connor comes back from the future looking for Sam Altman? But of course not! Life imitating art is far too mundane for our reality. Instead, we’re waiting for the Orb to send us back to the future. Maybe they’ll have better cookies there.
On a more serious note, let’s talk numbers. Worldcoin, with a current market cap of $248.4 million and ranked #117 on CoinMarketCap, made quite a splash in the last 48 hours.
The Orb of Ominous Overreach
Worldcoin, the Orb, Sam Altman – it’s a curious mix of genius, audacity, and an over-reliance on tech that could either reshape our future or plunge us into a world where we’re all John Connors in our own right. Is this the preamble of a more human internet, or are we headed towards a Terminator-style showdown with technology?
Well, of course not! We’re far too busy trading our privacy for convenience, aren’t we? The only question now is, will we be able to tell the difference when the machines finally take over, or will we be too engrossed in watching the next shiny Orb in the sky?